The number of single women undergoing IVF treatment has risen greatly over the last few years. In the past it was difficult for single women to obtain treatment with donor sperm at a licensed clinic because until 2009 the law was that clinics had to consider the welfare of a child before offering treatment, which included ‘the need of a child for a father’. For many years a lot of clinics interpreted this as a bar on treating single women.
In 2009 the law was updated so that clinics now have to consider the child’s ‘need for supportive parenting’. This was explicitly worded to be more inclusive of single women, meaning that their single status should no longer cause them difficulty in accessing licensed treatment.
We have treated many single women at the Herts and Essex Fertility Centre and are happy to arrange access to reputable sperm banks or indeed our own in-house supply.